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2022 Winter Games

Beijing's Olympics close, ending safe but odd global moment

The terrarium of a Winter Games that has been Beijing 2022 came to its end Sunday, capping an unprecedented Asian Olympic trifecta and sending the planet's most global sporting event off to the West for the foreseeable future, with no chance of returning to this corner of the world until at least 2030.

Gao Tingyu and Xu Mengtao, of China lead the march for the athletes into the stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)